Model & Strategy
Justice Rapid Response (JRR) is a multi-stakeholder facility that recruits, trains, certifies and has a mechanism to rapidly deploy criminal justice, human rights and related professionals from around the world to ensure that atrocity crimes and human rights violations are investigated professionally, impartially and promptly. JRR’s long-term strategy is to spread the standard it has established for what international investigation needs to be, in order to ensure the credibility of accountability for mass atrocities. By ensuring that any investigation can be done professionally, appropriately and promptly, JRR can bring justice to victims, deter would-be offenders and help end the many cycles of violence around the world.
Andras is an Ashoka fellow, a regular speaker on issues related to the effective delivery of international justice, and has given a Talk at TEDx Hamburg. An international lawyer and Canadian diplomat, Andras’ involvement with international criminal justice dates back to the establishment of the Sierra Leone Special Court and the creation of the International Criminal Court.
Since 10 years of operations, experts from the JRR have assisted in close to 200 investigations around the world, over half of which focusing on crimes of sexual and gender-based violence.
JRR currently has more than 600 experts from 105 countries speaking 95 languages, representing 60 professional backgrounds.
The work of the JRR experts has resulted in key victories for human rights and international justice, including the convictions of perpetrators of heinous crimes in places like the Congo, Guatemala and Chad. Documentation conducted by experts has revealed the truth about mass atrocities and serious human rights violations in places such as Syria, Iraq, and North Korea, ensuring that their perpetrators will one day face effective justice.
JRR’s roster is >40% from the global South and close to 55% women, ensuring cultural, legal and linguistic diversity for any investigation.